WTA Apr 13-19: Bogota • entries: Fed Cup - Stuttgart - Prague & Marrakech - Madrid - Rome - Strasbourg & Nuremberg - French Open • 2015 WTA Sched
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Claro Open Colsanitas, Bogota, COL
outdoor: red clay
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n29 Elina Svitolina UKR
n51 Monica Puig PUR
n60 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO
n69 Francesca Schiavone ITA
n78 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ
n80 Shelby Rogers USA
n87 Timea Babos HUN
tennis.quickfound.net tourney page: Bogota with 8 choice photos, 6 quotes...
On Saturday at Bogota, in the semifinals of the Claro Open Colsanitas,
26 year old #162 (career high: #130) Teliana Pereira from Curitiba, Brazil,
reached her first WTA singles final by defeating
the 2014 (and 2013) Baku champion, 20 year old top seeded #29 (career high #26) Elina Svitolina from Kharkiv, Ukraine,
7-6(7), 6-3 (photo shown).
The win made Teliana the first Brazilian to reach a WTA tournament final since Neige Dias reached (and won) the Barcelona final in April, 1988.
Teliana said: "I feel great. Svitolina is a great player and it was a really tough match. I just tried to play my best and enjoy the moment. It was my third WTA semifinal, and it was my best one." WTA story
Also on Saturday at Bogota, the 2007 champion at Bangalore, India (and a 2012 & 2010 Roland Garros quarterfinalist), 27 year old 5th seeded #78 (career high: #29) Yaroslava Shvedova from Astana, Kazakhstan, defeated a local resident, the 2010 Bogota champion, 25 year old #127 (career high: #94) Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 (photo shown).
Yaroslava will play Teliana in the Bogota final on Sunday.
Yaroslava and Teliana have never before met on the field of combat (pro singles).
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WTA Apr 18-19 2015 Fed Cup SFsFed Cup World Group SFs:
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France 0 at Czech Republic 2
Russia 0 at Germany 2
World Group Playoffs:
USA 1 at Italy 1
Australia 1 at Netherlands 1
Switzerland 1 at Poland 1
Romania 0 at Canada 0
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Paraguay 0 at Serbia 2
Sweden 0 at Slovakia 2
Belarus 1 at Japan 1
Spain 0 at Argentina 0
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On Saturday at Stuttgart, in the semifinals of the 2015 Fed Cup World Group competition, the 2013 Quebec City champ, 28 year old #13 (career high: #13) Lucie Safarova from Brno, Czech Republic, defeated the 2015 finalist at Monterrey and Acapulco (and 2014 champion at Bogota), 21 year old 25th seeded #29 (career high: #28) Caroline Garcia from Lyon, France, 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-1.
#4 Petra Kvitova then took the court for the Czech Republic and defeated #58 Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-3, 6-4. The win put the Czechs ahead of the French 2-0 in the best of five, with only one more win needed to clinch a place in November's Fed Cup final.
Meanwhile, at Ostrava, Czech Republic, the 2009 French Open (and 2004 US Open) champion, 29 year old #24 (career high: #2) Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), defeated the 2011 champion at Stuttgart, 26 year old #63 (career high: #16) Julia Goerges from Bad Oldesloe, Germany, 6-4, 6-4.
#38 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova then took the court for the Russians and defeated #19 Sabine Lisicki of Germany 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-3. Sabine held a match point in the 2nd set, but could not convert it. The win put the Russkis ahead of the Germans 2-0 in the best of five, with only one more win needed to clinch a place in November's Fed Cup final. #11 Andrea Petkovic & #14 Angelique Kerber did not play for the Germans on Saturday due to fatigue; one or both might play on Sunday.
WTA Apr 20-26: StuttgartPorsche Tennis Grand Prix
Stuttgart, GER PREMIER 700
$731,000 28m/32q/16d indoor: red clay
draws: WTA: Q - main - D - OOP
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Stuttgart: radar - map
n2 Maria Sharapova RUS
n3 Simona Halep ROU
n4 Petra Kvitova CZE
n5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n6 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n8 Ekaterina Makarova RUS
n9 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n10 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
The main draw has been posted for Stuttgart. The links are above, and the matchups are below.
WTA Apr 6-12: Charleston & Katowice
Family Circle Cup, Charleston, SC PREMIER 700 $731,000 56m/32q/16d outdoor: green clay
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! - WTA
BNP Paribas Katowice Open, POL INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d indoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA Q - main - D - OOP | photos: T.com - ESPN - Y! news | WTA
On Sunday at Charleston, South Carolina, in the final of the 2015 Family Circle Cup, the 2014 champion at Eastbourne, 19 year old 7th seeded #18 (career high: #18) Madison Keys from Boca Raton, Florida, defeated the 2013 Linz champion, 27 year old 5th seeded #15 (career high: #5) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 (Angelique is shown holding the glassware after the match). Angelique's prize is $124,000; Madison's prize is $66,000.
On Sunday in Poland, in the final of the Katowice Open, the 2015 finalist at Rio, 20 year old 8th seeded #58 (career high: #55) Anna Karolina Schmiedlova from Kosice, Slovakia, won her first WTA singles title by defeating the 2014 finalist at Katowice & Linz, 21 year old 3rd seeded #37 (career high: #31) Camila Giorgi of Italy (residence: France), 6-4, 6-3 (Anna is shown holding the avantgardeware after the match). Anna's prize is $43,000; Camila's prize is #21,400.
WTA Mar 24-Apr 5: Miami
Miami Open Key Biscayne, Miami, FL PREMIER M $5,185,625 96m/48q/32d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! News: KB - MO
On Saturday at Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida, in the final of the 2015 Miami Open, the 2014, 2013, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2003 & 2002 Miami champion (and 2015 Australian Open champ), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, won her 8th Miami title by defeating the 2015 finalist at Antwerp (and the 2014 Oeiras champ), 26 year old 12th seeded #13 (career-high: #13) Carla Suarez Navarro from Barcelona, Spain, 6-2, 6-0 (Carla is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the glassware afterward). Serena's prize is $900,400; Carla's prize is $439,420.
WTA Mar 11-22: Indian Wells
BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells, Calif. PREMIER M $6,157,160 outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y!: news | WTA
On Sunday at Indian Wells, in the final of the 2015 BNP Paribas Open, the 2015 champion at Dubai and Shenzhen (and 2014 champ at Doha & Bucharest), 23 year old 3rd seeded #3 (career high: #2) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, won her 11th WTA singles title by defeating the 2010 Indian Wells champion, 30 year old 18th seeded #21 (and former #1) Jelena Jankovic of Serbia (residence: Dubai, United Arab Emirates), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 (photo shown). It is the biggest title of Simona's career. Simona's prize is $900,400; Jelena's prize is $439,420.
WTA Jan 19-Feb 1: Australian Open
Australian Open, Melbourne Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: hard AUD$40,000,000
draws: WS, .pdf - XD women's: Q - S - D men's: Q - S - D
On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2015 Australian Open, the 2003, '05, '07, '09 & '10 AO champion (and 2014 champ at Flushing Meadows, Stanford, Rome, Miami & Brisbane), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, won her 6th Australian Open title by defeating the 2008 AO champ & 2015 champion at Brisbane (and 2014 champ at Beijing, Roland Garros, Madrid & Stuttgart), 27 year old 2nd seeded #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), 6-3, 7-6(5) (Maria is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward). Serena's prize is AUD$3,100,000 (about $2,425,900 US); Maria's prize is AUD$1,550,000 (about $1,212,900 US).
The tennis.quickfound.net WTA Australian Open 2015 tourney page has 93 choice photos, cropped & enhanced, 50 postmatch quotes, Melbourne weather, a Google map of Melbourne Park, and much more.
WTA Aug 25-Sept 7: US Open
US Open NYC Grand Slam $36,203,760 128 players | outdoor: hard Deco Turf
Live Scores - Draws: WS pdf - WTA - XD Women: Q - S - D Men: Q - S - D | pics
Serena's prize is $3,000,000, plus a $1,000,000 bonus for winning the summer hardcourt US Open Series, for a total of four million dollars. Caroline's prize is $1,450,000.
The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 US Open tourney page holds 94 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 65 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.
WTA June 23-July 6: Wimbledon
The Championships Wimbledon, GBR Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: grass
draws: W sing, pdf - XD | women's: qualif. - singles - doub | men's: qualif. - singles - doub
Petra's prize is £1,760,000 (about $3,016,209 US); Genie's prize is £880,000 (about $1,508,104 US).
The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Wimbledon tourney page holds 111 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 33 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.
WTA: May 25-Jun 8 French Open
Roland Garros, FRA Grand Slam Prize$: €11,420,000 128 players - outdoor: red clay
draws: W sing, pdf - XD women's: Q - singles - doub men's: Q - singles - doub | photos
Maria's prize is €1,650,000 ($2,244,983 US); Simona's prize is €825,000 ($1,122,491 US).
The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 French Open tourney page holds 126 choice photos from this year's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 36 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.
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"The 12-player singles field in Zhuhai will consist of players ranked No.9 through No.20 in the world, along with one wildcard, in a four-group round robin format. The winners of each respective group will advance to the single elimination semifinal stage of the event. Meanwhile, six doubles teams will compete in a two-group round robin format, with the winner of each group advancing to the final...
"The event in Zhuhai will replace the Tournament Of Champions on the 2015 WTA calendar." WTA story
Zhuhai is located just north of Macau, across from Shenzhen on the Pearl River Delta, south of Guangzhou.
(September 20, 2014) Former WTA #1 Victoria Azarenka is will not play again in 2014 to allow time for a nagging foot injury to heal. The two-time Australian Open champion said: "Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season... I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season..." Victoria Azarenka at Facebook
(September 19, 2014) Australian Open champion and former WTA #2 Li Na has retired from professional tennis due to knee problems that have troubled her intermittently for years. Na said: "After four knee surgeries and hundreds of shots injected into my knee weekly to alleviate swelling and pain, my body is begging me to stop the pounding. My previous three surgeries were on my right knee. My most recent knee surgery took place this July and was on my left knee. After a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, I tried to go through all the necessary steps to get back on the court. While I've come back from surgery in the past, this time it felt different. One of my goals was to recover as fast as I could in order to be ready for the first WTA tournament in my hometown of Wuhan. As hard as I tried to get back to being 100%, my body kept telling me that, at 32, I will not be able to compete at the top level ever again. The sport is just too competitive, too good, to not be 100%."
Na finishes her career with 9 WTA singles titles, a 503-188 career singles match record, and $16,709,074 in prize money. Open Letter from Li Na Announcing her Retirement - Li Na at Facebook
(August 14, 2013) 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money. BBC story - WTA story
Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
"My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."
(July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (see video in the player above). During her career Martina won 43 WTA singles titles, including 5 Grand Slam titles, and 37 WTA doubles titles, and had a 548-133 record in WTA singles matches.
At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, Martina was inducted along with Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac, and Thelma Coyne Long. Martina said: "Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, and now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. You chose to give me a place here for eternity." AP story
(July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova, who recently dismissed coach Thomas Hogstedt, has hired former ATP great Jimmy Connors as her coach. Jimmy had worked with Maria briefly prior to the 2008 Australian Open.
(Nov 18, 2012) Former WTA doubles #1 Gisela Dulko has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Gisela, 27, has not played since June of this year due to injury.
Gisela said: "...I now have other priorities on which I want to focus. As a result, I don’t have the same desire or ability to make the sacrifices which are necessary to live the life of a tennis professional."
Gisela won 4 WTA singles titles in her career, and 17 WTA doubles titles including the 2011 Australian Open (partnered with her good friend Flavia Pennetta). She finishes with a 309-242 record in pro singles matches (305-182 in doubles) and $4,246,105 in career prize money. Gisela's announcement
(Dec 23, 2011) Sony Ericsson will terminate their sponsorship of the WTA Tour at the end of 2012. The mobile phone manufacturer has been the WTA's primary global sponsor since 2005 at a price of almost $14.7 million a year. A replacement sponsor has not yet been named. Sony Ericsson PR manager Graciela Pineda said: "This was a strategic decision based on the evolution of the business and the brand." The joint venture Sony Ericsson will also soon become Sony only: Ericsson announced in October it would sell its 50 percent of the company to Sony for $1.46 billion. ESPN story
(Aug 31, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to illness. In a statement, Venus, who has been troubled occasionally for years by illness which was sometimes labeled as anemia, said that she has Sjögren's Syndrome.
(Mar 2, 2011) Former WTA #1 Serena Williams has been treated for a pulmonary embolism. Serena's spokesman, Nicole Chabot, told People Magazine "Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation... Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot... Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications." People.com story
(Jan 26, 2011) 7-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA #1 Justine Henin has retired. The elbow injury she incurred last year at Wimbledon is not healing, and she has been playing in pain. Doctors now tell Justine that the injury will not heal.
28-year-old Justine Henin from Brussels, Belgium, previously retired on May 14, 2008, but returned to play in January, 2010. She has won 43 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with 's-Hertogenbosch; in 2010, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 525-115 record in singles matches. Justine won a career-total of $20,917,513 in prize money, and was ranked #1 in the world for 117 weeks.
(Feb 9, 2010) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now. |
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(Jan 11, 2010) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova has signed a new endorsement contract with Nike which could pay her as much as $70 million over the next eight years.
In 2007 Maria signed a racquet endorsement contract with Prince which will pay her around $25 million dollars over 10 years.
Maria's previous deal with Prince, a five-year contract, was signed when she was 14 years old.
As is often the case with endorsement contracts, the new deal includes a base pay, plus incentives for high rankings and tournament performance.
Maria also has (or has had) endorsement contracts with Gatorade & Tropicana, Colgate - Palmolive, Motorola (expired in 2007), Parlux Fragrances, Canon, watchmaker TAG Heuer, Land Rover, Nike, and others, plus Japan-only deals with Honda & Pepsi, which make her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning an estimated $23 to $25 million a year.
(Feb 11, 2009) Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin are all featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
(Feb 2006) 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on the photo to see the SI Swimsuit pages online, including 22 pics of Maria looking very nice.|
(Jan 5, 2005) The WTA has made a 6-year deal with mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson to become the primary WTA Tour global sponsor. The price? $88 million.
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